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SPRINGFIELD | A man paid to inspect carnival rides and ski lifts instead spent time on the job pursuing a side career as a wedding singer, newly released state documents show.
These fancy but somewhat outdated dress shoes are among a number of treasures being found in the nooks and crannies of the 122-year-old Illinois Capitol as it undergoes renovations.
SPRINGFIELD | Not even Honest Abe came out unscathed in a 34-page report on how to cut state spending.
The push to oust Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, as well as strip him of his power to appoint a new U.S. senator, may not come as fast as some hope.
SPRINGFIELD | An independent study of Illinois' prison system shows the state should be preparing to add space for inmates rather than pushing to close prisons.
A debate between three candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller in Congress has been canceled after two of the participants said they'd be no-shows.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate took a step Tuesday toward staving off budget cuts to state parks, historic sites and social service programs.
SPRINGFIELD | Under pressure to take action on a sweeping package of ethics reforms, Senate President Emil Jones is calling lawmakers back to Springfield next week.
SPRINGFIELD | When it comes to carrying out plans to close state facilities, Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn't have history on his side.
SPRINGFIELD | At the same time the Illinois Department of Transportation stopped scraping dead animals off highways and curtailed mowing along interstates earlier this year, agency officials were buying more new cars than any other agency in the state.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Republicans were surprised but generally pleased with GOP presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich is cutting more than 450 jobs and closing nearly two dozen state parks and historic sites as part of the state's lingering budget impasse.
SPRINGFIELD | The union representing Illinois prison guards and thousands of other state workers has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to move more than 100 state jobs to Harrisburg may take a detour through the legal system.
SPRINGFIELD | A plan to complete a sewer system in the McLean County village of Downs could become a casualty of the feuding among top state Democrats.
SPRINGFIELD | A controversial plan to transfer 140 state workers from Springfield to Harrisburg is a "done deal," Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday.
SPRINGFIELD | Closing Pontiac Correctional Center and fully opening the mostly unused lockup in Thomson could give a boost to the state's economy.
SPRINGFIELD | Don't expect to see cameras catching speeders on Illinois interstates any time soon.
SPRINGFIELD | The Blagojevich administration is taking its push for a statewide construction proposal to the people.
SPRINGFIELD | An analysis of audit reports covering the last three Illinois governors shows that Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has been plagued by substantially more reports of mismanagement and waste than his two predecessors.
SPRINGFIELD | It wasn't hard Thursday to figure out which side people were on when it came to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial decision to transfer state transportation jobs from Springfield to Harrisburg.
SPRINGFIELD | The state has paid a consultant more than $411,000 since last year to study what kinds of upgrades need to be made to Illinois prisons.
SPRINGFIELD | Dozens of seasonal employees at the state's historic sites have been told they'll be out of work July 31, victims of the state budget stalemate.
SPRINGFIELD | Three Illinois counties in the Quad Cities area have been declared disaster areas in the wake of Monday's severe storms.
SPRINGFIELD | Nearly 40 stalled state construction projects are set to get back on track this week, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to call lawmakers back to town next week will cost taxpayers an estimated $70,000 to $80,000.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Department of Corrections missed a deadline Wednesday to outline its plan to close Pontiac Correctional Center.
SPRINGFIELD | Despite few signs that the political logjam is loosening, Gov. Rod Blagojevich Wednesday called on lawmakers to return to the Capitol next week for another go-around on the state budget.
SPRINGFIELD | About 200 state employees began working under a new boss Tuesday as part of a $15.8 million reorganization plan affecting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
SPRINGFIELD | More than 200 Illinois school districts could be in line for a total of $21 million in state funding for special education programs.
SPRINGFIELD | Although Gov. Rod Blagojevich threatened earlier this week to slash $1.5 billion in various state programs, it wasn't clear Thursday whether he will cut a pay raise for himself and state lawmakers worth nearly 4 percent.
SPRINGFIELD | Several Illinois lawmakers are in Turkey this week as part of what's being billed as a cultural tour of the nation.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to shutter Pontiac Correctional Center will be the focus of a public hearing Aug. 12.
SPRINGFIELD | State transportation officials and a handful of Illinois lawmakers continued their push Thursday to get a statewide construction plan in place.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday tied the push for a statewide construction program to Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic games.
SPRINGFIELD | After more than a year of prodding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has agreed to release $14.1 million to help build a coal-to-gas energy plant in Decatur.
SPRINGFIELD | Support for a massive statewide road and bridge building program appeared to be crumbling Saturday night as the clock ticked down on the spring legislative session.
SPRINGFIELD | The governor and three of the state's four legislative leaders said a proposed statewide construction program needs more work.
SPRINGFIELD | School districts across Illinois will receive money they were promised from the state after all.
SPRINGFIELD | The state's highest court Thursday reversed the conviction of Alan Beaman, who has been in prison for 13 years for the murder of Illinois State University student Jennifer Lockmiller, of Decatur.
SPRINGFIELD | Campers should pack some extra cash this weekend if they plan on spending a night in one of the state's public campgrounds.
SPRINGFIELD | School administrators are facing some tough math problems as the school year comes to an end.
SPRINGFIELD (LEE)--Illinois lawmakers took aim Friday at ticket resellers who've made it tough for some consumers to buy tickets to popular concerts and sporting events.
SPRINGFIELD | Six days after the state House rejected an election-year pay raise, leaders in the Illinois Senate still are squabbling over the fate of the controversial issue.
SPRINGFIELD | A month before opening arguments were made in Antoin Rezko's federal corruption trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top lawyer issued a memo to the governor's senior aides.
SPRINGFIELD | Just as Illinoisans are pinching pennies at the grocery story, the fallout from rising food prices is hitting state government.
To gauge how higher food prices have affected the state's checkbook, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services compared prices for a select variety of items it buys for the prison system and other state institutions.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday panned a proposal aimed at stopping him from closing the state prison in Pontiac.
SPRINGFIELD | Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson took another step Wednesday in her transition from state lawmaker to full-fledged congressional candidate.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to close a state prison is a reversal of what his own prison experts said just a year ago.
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